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Dispelling some common myths about Speech, Language and Communication Impairment

Please note that the term Speech Pathologist or Speech and Language Clinician or Communication Specialist may be used interchangeably throughout this article. They all refer to the same profession. “Don’t worry about it; your son/daughter will be fine once he gets to school”. This is the most unfounded and potentially damaging pieces of advice anyone…
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“Oracy versus Literacy?” or…. Ensuring a child has Oral Language Skills Capable of Supporting Literacy Acquisition within the National Curriculum.

 What is Oracy? Oracy reflects the ability to use language orally for academic purposes. It involves the participation of a speaker in discourse for purposes such as arguing a point, contrasting a notion, defining, persuading, predicting, or summarizing (Williams and Roberts 2011).  Oracy is a skill which normally developing children acquire around the age of…
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Speech Pathology Week “Literacy for Life”

The theme for Speech Pathology Week in 2011 is "Literacy for Life". This acknowledges that the foundations for literacy are laid down from birth. The peak language acquistion period is from birth to 4 years. This does not mean that children older than 4 are not able to benefit from speech therapy intervention but it…
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